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Beard Oil vs. Balm: What’s the Difference and When To Use

Beard Oil vs. Balm: What’s the Difference and When To Use

Are you looking for a quick and simple way to hydrate and nourish your facial hair? Skip the vaseline and grab some real beard care products.

If your beard is feeling rough and scratchy, we’re here to help you out. We carry a range of oils and balms designed to moisturize and soften your facial hair, and each has its own distinct scent and benefits. However, determining which beard product is best for you can be tricky at first.

That’s where we come in. In today’s article, we’ll walk you through the key differences between beard oil and beard balm, introducing you to the best uses for these products along the way.

What Is Beard Balm?

Beard balm is a soft, pliable substance made for styling and conditioning your beard. Due to its texture, it's ideal for holding your beard or mustache in place and handling those unruly stragglers. 

This product keeps your beard fragrant and soft, making it even more appealing to your significant other — and the rest of the world. Beard balm is filled with nourishing ingredients that are carefully chosen to condition your facial hair without clogging your pores. Common beard balm ingredients include coconut oil, shea butter, and even beeswax.

The Cedar Beard Balm and a Sandalwood Beard Balm are both stellar options for your facial hair. They both do the same job of providing hold, hydration, and happiness to your beard. The only difference? The smell. 

The Cedar Beard Balm has an oaky, refreshing, woodsy smell, while the Sandalwood Beard Balm gives off a more ocean vibe. The choice of scent is up to you — know that you can’t go wrong with either!

What Is Beard Oil?

Unlike beard balm, beard oil has a thinner texture. However, beard balm and beard oil can both nourish and hydrate your facial hair while giving your beard a signature scent. 

To build a house, you need a strong base, and the same goes for your beard. In this case, the base is your skin, which needs nutrients to be healthy enough to grow a strong beard. The end goal is to have thick, soft, and vibrant facial hair, and beard oil will get you there by providing the necessary nutrients to your skin and hair. 

However, beard oil isn’t as much of a styling product as beard balm per se. While beard balm can make your facial hair easier to tame and shape, beard oil absorbs into your hair and skin without providing any hold.

Our Beard Oils: The Trifecta

Our collection of beard oils has something for everyone. Check out our trifecta of oils below:

Cedar Beard Oil 

Just like our balm, our Cedar Beard Oil is filled with nutrients for a real kick of hydration, giving off a woodsy scent.

It’s made with a foolproof combination of skin-friendly ingredients like almond oil, wood oil, and jojoba seed oil. 

Jojoba seed oil is an extraordinary substance extracted from the jojoba shrub that grows in Mexico and the Southern US. This oil has been used by folks dealing with a wide range of skin issues, including acne, sunburn, and psoriasis.

Sandalwood Beard Oil

The Sandalwood Beard Oil is also filled with nutrients, just like the Cedar Oil. Containing most of the same ingredients, our Sandalwood Oil is another fantastic source of hydration, One little difference — it does all this with an ocean scent.

Beard Growth Oil

The last of our oils is a bit different. Beard Growth Oil hydrates your beard but goes further, nourishing your facial hair follicles to promote hair growth. 

This product contains some of the same ingredients as the Cedar and Sandalwood oils, such as coconut oil, wood oils, and jojoba seed oil. However, the main ingredient in the Beard Growth Oil is the legendary castor oil. 

This oil is made from castor plant seeds and assists in preventing fungal skin infections, acne, and dry skin since it contains vitamin E. Using the Beard Growth Oil is an essential step for a high-quality beard.

How Do You Use Beard Oil?

Now that you know the difference between beard balm and beard oil, you know which one could work best for you.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to beard oil application:

Step One: Clean Your Face and Beard

The first step before shaving, trimming, or applying any products is to clean your face and beard. Washing your face is the first step to building a great beard; an unwashed face contributes to acne

Taking a warm shower is the best way to cleanse your beard, as it opens up your pores, making it easier to extract dirt and grime. However, you can also wash your face and beard at the sink if you don’t have time for a shower. 

Whether you shower or only wash your face, wash your beard with warm water and a non-alcoholic facial cleanser. We recommend using Beard Shampoo, which is formulated to cleanse your beard while simultaneously softening your facial hair — without stripping away your body’s natural oils.

After washing your face and beard, be sure to dry them completely. Leaving excessive moisture behind can make it harder for your beard to absorb products like oil and balm. A little moisture is all you need.

Step Two: Apply the Oil

Once your beard and face are damp but not dripping wet, you can apply the oil. 

Add a few drops onto the palms of your hands, rub your hands together, and distribute the oil throughout your beard. Make sure you’re rubbing it into your skin as well. 

The amount of oil you’ll need varies based on your beard’s thickness and length. Make sure to take small amounts of drops at a time. Remember, each drop contains an intense amount of moisture and nourishment. That means a little bit of this powerful product goes a long way, and there’s no need to overdo it.

After you’ve applied the oil, spread it evenly throughout your beard and mustache with a specialized Beard Brush. This brush uses boar bristles to soothe and smooth out your beard while delivering the nutrients from your products to your skin.

That’s all there is to it! Using beard oil is a simple yet effective way to hydrate, nourish, and soften your beard. Repeat the steps listed above daily to keep your beard looking and feeling its best.

How Do You Use Beard Balm?

Now that you know how to use beard oil, it’s time to walk through beard balm application step-by-step.

If you have a beard that has unruly straggling hairs that need styling, no matter the length, then balm is for you. These hairs can be tough to tame with low-hold products like oil, but balm has the right amount of strength to get them in line.

Step One: Apply the Balm

As always, it’s best to wash your face and beard before applying products like beard balm. After a thorough cleanse, pat your face down with a towel and move on.

Once your face and beard are dry, you can apply the balm. Use the back of your thumbnail or pointer fingernail to gently scrape out a little of the balm from the tin.

No matter the size and length of your beard — whether you’ve got a Gandalf the Grey look or Aragorn’s five O’clock shadow — we recommend starting off with a very small amount of beard balm. Think the size of a pea rather than the size of a grape. 

Rub the balm between the tips of your fingers for a few seconds to warm it slightly. Evenly distribute the balm throughout your beard and mustache, rubbing it into your skin until it’s smooth. If you like, you can use a beard brush to style and spread the balm.

Step Three: Style Facial Hair With the Balm

After the balm has been distributed equally throughout your beard and mustache, it’s time to sculpt and shape it until you have the beard of your dreams. (Tools like your beard brush and beard comb are indispensable here.)

A Killer Combination

In case you were wondering, you can use our beard oil and balm together.

This kickass combination will not only give you a huge boost of hydration but will also tame any straggling hairs that just won’t behave otherwise.

Be sure to use the beard oil first by applying a small amount to your palm and distributing it all over your facial hair. Then, using the balm, sculpt and style your beard to give it the finishing touches. Using these products together will make your beard unstoppable! 

Join The Beard Club today by using our products to nourish, condition, style, and perfect your beard. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, we’ve got everything you need to keep your beard game strong.


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